Slovakia intends to transfer its MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine.

Slovakia’s Foreign Minister Rastislav Káčer stated this in an interview with the Interfax Ukraine news agency, the CFTS portal reports, citing the Ukrainska Pravda publication.

"We have not yet transferred MiG-29 to you, but we are ready to do so. We are talking with our NATO partners about how to do it," the minister said.

According to him, this was discussed at the most recent meeting with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyi.

"Our defense minister explained to your president how this can be done. I think a Ukrainian delegation will arrive in Slovakia in the coming weeks, and we will work with our American friends to make this a reality... I am very optimistic about this, I think it will happen soon, and the planes will be in Ukraine," he said.

Polish fighter jets began patrolling the airspace of Slovakia on 1 September in accordance with an agreement between Warsaw and Bratislava. This agreement between the two countries should pave the way for the transfer of Slovakia’s MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, in exchange for which Slovakia will receive Western fighters.